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Interview with Chrystal Shea

I know, I know, maybe you’re a bit shy…. Afraid or nervous to pick up the phone and have us plan an amazing event for you so don’t worry, we’ll make it a bit easier and break the ice first. After reading this interview with Chrystal Shea CEO and Event designer of StarShea Events, the ice blocking us from planning your next amazing event should be broken.

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Chrystal tell us how you became a part of StarShea Events, your role, and your responsibilities?

I became a part of StarShea Events after a good friend of mine (Starcresent) invited me to our neighborhood Stabucks because she wanted to talk to me. She began to discuss her love for weddings and how she wanted to become a wedding/event planner. She knew my love for art and my organizational skillset, and my excitement for decorating and creating decorations.  She offered me a partnership and I couldn’t say no!

My role in StarShea Events is CEO and event designer. Not only do I set up the event the day of, I spend months creating perfect décor for our clients.

My responsibilities consist of (in pertaining to weddings) preparing the groomsmen for day of, floral arrangements, and where ever and whenever Star needs me to jump in and of course I decorate.

Why would someone contract StarShea Events over any other event planning company?

StarShea events isn’t only your event planners, we build a relationship with all of clients. We listen, we advise, we do everything in our power to make your special day unforgettable from start to finish. We are your stress reliever, your dream chaser, and your biggest fan.

Describe your team members from your perspective and why you all make a great team.

Starcresent is the face of the company. She’s the leader. If you need to turn a standard hotel room into a master suite with no upcharge, she’s your girl.  Alexia is a problem solver, Sometime before everyone sees eye to eye Alexia is the first one to get us there.

Chrystal Shea enjoys the behind the scenes work. She turns lemons into lemonade.

We make a great team because we are so alike yet so different at the same time. We all have so many great ideas that we bring to life. No challenge is big enough. We know each other’s flaws, weaknesses and strengths. We’re able to work with them and most importantly we understand each other without speaking.

What has been the biggest challenge is starting StarShea Evens?

The biggest challenge is finding a balance point with rates. You don’t want to over charge but you also cannot undercharge. We work very hard with what we do, we spend over 40 hours a week and on the weekends making sure everything is perfect. Late nights/ early morning of planning and creation. For this reason we customize every quote for each and every different client, and so far it has worked very well for us. But definitely starting out was a balancing act.

If you had to write a brief message to StarShea Events to be read 5 years from now, what would it say?

I told you StarShea Events was the future…Cheers to empowering women.

What would be your advice to other entrepreneurs’ or dream chases out there?

Do not ever sell yourself short, reach for the stars and don’t quit.

 

We hope to get to know you all very well and create the magic you have always dreamt and if the ice isn’t broken, we can start with an email

 

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Health: What good are you?

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In the words of many of the wise women I have had the honor of meeting, “don’t get so busy taking care of everyone else you forget to take care of yourself.” A concept that is much easier said than done, thankfully having the wise words echo in my mind, when I saw an opportune moment to put that quote in affect, it was like a light bulb going off.
The bride of the evening we continued to remind her to relax and enjoy her day, eat a meal, drink water, stay hydrated, the list goes on. Meanwhile five hours later Chrystal and I are sliding down the hallway slowly losing energy because guess who worked so hard they forgot to eat a meal, drink water, stay hydrate.
The joke was 100% on us!
Luckily for a quick tuna snack salad and an Arbonne Fizz stick our energy was revived but in our after event review of our performance (something we do to always elevate and improve ourselves) we both noted how silly it was we forgot to take care of ourselves. If the wedding planner passes out from hunger and dehydration what good are we to the wedding? What good are we or our company? Even if we made a million dollars on that wedding if we have to turn around and spend it on medical bills, what good is that? From this moment we decided our mental and physical health was not only a priority but a requirement in order for any event to be successful!
This brings us to how Health: What good are you? Became a part of our companies foundation, so you will hear this expression a lot throughout our blog and social media post. No one is perfect and being that we all have our hands full we try to set certain daily task to achieve in order to answer the question: What good are you? Now let’s be realistic with ourselves we don’t want to bite off more than we can chew, and we want to feel like we accomplish something so once this challenge becomes simple, then we adjust our challenge accordingly.
We wear our highest heels 30 minutes a day in a daily activity that is challenging.
o Have you ever tried organizing a bridal party running back and forth between the opposite doors or running from a venue to a hotel searching for something that was misplaced or forgotten? No? Well let me tell you, it’s a quick reality check for those of you that thought you were in shape. With that being said this week I wore my heels while doing house hold laundry, a challenge but a reminder to get my body prepared for the unexpected.
We are enrolled in an opportunity to master meditation.
o You’ll have to stay tuned for this one! For now we are demanding control of our time. For instance sometime I drive home or to work with my phone on silence and my radio off or sit silently in a bubble bath and journal. I can honestly tell you I have created amazing visions, or had brilliant ideas pop into my mind because the silence allows that.

We hit the gym.
o Now I will be 100% honest this one is still a challenge for us with our crazy schedules but it’s something we strive for, if we only have 30 minutes and a quick elliptical run is all we can do, then we will put our all into that.

• We use our planners.
o It may be a bit old fashioned to all of our gadget using peers, but there is something so real in “penciling something or someone in”. I personally have great memory and even with that (let’s be real), things can still get lost in the sauce but my magical planner keeps me committed and on the right track.
• We Set Quarterly or Season goals.
o As I mentioned above, there is something magical in writing things down, it’s almost like once the pen hits the paper the wish or dream turns one step closer into reality. We will address more about why we set our goals this way later on in our blog but we were definitely inspired by a podcast!
• We Say NO!
o Listen here! When you learn the power of no, you become a whole new person.
o As we mentioned we set goals and if our actions do not line up to our goals what are we doing? So many times we stretch ourselves thin saying maybe and yes and I’ll be there to things that aren’t beneficial or you aren’t truly interested in. Now please do not take this wrong we are found believers in trying new things so don’t limit yourself on that.
o If you don’t want to do it then say NO! It’s ok we give you permission!

Share with us some tricks you and your company use to help improve your success and remind you that health is wealth. What did you do this week to help you answer the question “What good are you?” We would love to know!

Spencer & Carita Review

Star and Crystal made my wedding day a dream from start to finish. The most important thing for any bride is to be STRESS and WORRY free (other than your wedding day jitters, if course) and StarShea events ensured that on that day I was elated and focused on walking down the aisle. Every detail was personalized for my husband and I with very little worry on our part.

Star, the Event Planner, met with my husband and I and corresponded constantly about wedding details leading up to the event so that I was never feeling left out of the planning process. She remained friendly, detailed, and organized, while also very accessible. Star had excellent vendor recommendations so I did not have to look for for all of my wedding day needs- she had them covered! I felt comfortable throughout the process knowing that I was in extremely capable hands. On my wedding day she took care of everything with the venue and vendors, and ensured everything went beautifully. When I realized I didnt have my garter during the reception � Star somehow found an excellent replacement and it was as though nothing happened!

Crystal, the Event Designer, ensured that our venue was magnificent. When I walked into the venue I realized that nothing I envisioned could compare to the elegance and romance of the decor she put together (I wish I could share pictures!), and always with a personal touch! Crystal designed beautiful centerpieces, an incredible arch, and cohesive detail throughout the venue that reflected what I had always dreamed my wedding aesthetic would be.

Overall, I highly recommend this business for a stress free and beautiful event that you will never forget, and for a value that is unmatched in the industry. Nowhere else will you find the personal and professional touch of StarShea Events.

Photography by Seemarie Photography

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Derrick & Vanessa Review

When I chose StarShea Events as the wedding coordinators for my our wedding November 11, 2017. It was one of the best decisions in the planning stages of our wedding. Although I already had all my vendors booked I still needed a coordinator to help me putting all the final details together. From day one they did just that. Dealing with some of my vendors became very time consuming for me. Starcresent and Chrystal took all of those worries off my hands. The came up with the timeline for the wedding day, Making sure the wedding party had all information they needed to ensure the day went smoothly. They also assisted with my bridal shower. Their attention to details, being well organized was key for my big day. Words can not convey how appreciative Derrick and I are. Our wedding day was beautiful and Starcresent and Chrystal played a big part in that.

If you are looking for coordinators to make sure that your special day goes smoothly these ladies are the ones to choose!

You two are greatly appreciated

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Terrence & Lizbeth Review

Preparing for your wedding is a huge time commitment and all the little details that needs to be covered can be quite overwhelming nonetheless, you should be able to enjoy the planning process and StarShea Events ensured that I did. My spouse and I are both military stationed separately overseas. StarShea Events were reliable and flexible with our needs and were able to communicate effectively with us regardless of the substantial time difference.

By me not being able to be physically present, Star was my middle man. I already had a venue set, but she made it her priority to keep in contact with the coordinator and personally met up with them when I was unable to do so. She set up telephonic meetings, reviewed all the sticky details of contracts with the vendors, found the perfect photographer, and executed my vision for my wedding and made it ten times better. On the day of, Star was able to upgrade my hotel room to a suite (free of charge!) and if that isn’t enough… at the end of the night when my groom and I made it back to our room, she set the mood for us by surprising us and decorating it with rose pedals.

Crystal’s specialty on crafts and budgeting was spot on. The decorations and color scheme was beautiful and I would have never been able to accomplish that myself. Flowers are so expensive and we were running low on the funds to decorate the arch but thankfully, Crystal innovatively turned artificial flowers and plain fabric to something magical.

Alexia, the newest member of their team, joined in a bit later. On the day of the wedding she stayed with me throughout the whole preparation process. I didn’t have to stress about anything, she had lunch brought to me and a glass of champagne for me set. She was in charge of the makeup artist and made sure everyone was ready on time.

These ladies were a huge asset from start to finish. I can honestly say they were responsible for the best night of my life. Thank you so much.

 

Photography by Maria MorL+T_Ceremony_HR-47_WEB

The Journey Begins

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Welcome to our page! StarShea events is a wedding & event planning company originally created by two best friends expanded with other talented friends and professionals.

We started originally wanting to make brides less stressed and utilized our skills and strengths to do so. After exceeding our expectations on multiple weddings and corporate events, surprise birthday parties, baby showers and more, it became pretty clear not only is this our passion but it is definitely our calling. Now when your dreams call you have to answer.

Just to name a few our services include but are not limited to, coordinating from even before proposal ( in wedding cases) planning, appointment setting, venue coordinating, family and bridal party coordination, event set up and break down, original centerpiece and decoration creation, weddings, birthdays, baby showers, corporate meetings, political fundraisers, celebrations of life, etc. If you have an event coming and you don’t know where to begin we can even figure out our role in your event, we cater our rates and our services to each and every client.

We’d like to welcome you to join us on our journey in expanding world wide! And creating beautiful memories, while we fulfill our passions.

Did you even have an event if it wasn’t planned by StarShea Events?